By Simeon Wright

No smooth tragedy has had a better effect on race family members in the USA than the abduction and homicide of Emmett until. A 14-year-old black boy from Chicago vacationing kin in Mississippi in 1955, until used to be taken from his uncle’s domestic by means of white males; numerous days later, his physique was once present in the Tallahatchie River. This ugly crime turned the catalyst for the civil rights movement.

At age 12, writer Simeon Wright saw and heard his cousin Emmett whistle at a white girl at a supermarket; he used to be sound asleep within the comparable mattress with him while Emmett used to be taken; and he used to be on the sensational trial. this is often his gripping coming-of-age memoir.

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He was visiting us for the first time since leaving eight years ago. I also made plans for how we would beat the heat. Swimming was high on the agenda, and going to Greenwood was a must. Bobo would arrive on a Saturday, and I knew that the following Monday I would be in the cotton field; that was the beginning of the cotton harvest. We’d have little time to spend with each other. We had no time to waste. indd 40 10/21/09 9:56:59 AM 4 The Abduction It was Saturday, August 20, and Maurice had driven to the train station in Grenada, Mississippi, to pick up Dad, Wheeler, and Bobo.

Our family was blessed and without any real disturbance until that fateful day in 1955. indd 24 10/21/09 9:56:51 AM 3 At Home with Mom and Dad I was three years old when my family moved from Schlater to the little town of Money. Actually, we lived on a stretch of land called East Money, which was isolated from the town itself. East Money was approximately seven miles long east to west and about a mile and a half from north to south, and it was accessible only by County Road 542, a lonely, ominous byway that we called Dark Fear Road.

One of the real challenges my parents faced was keeping the biddies, the baby chicks, alive. If they survived the first three weeks, there was a good chance they would live long enough to end up on a plate. indd 30 10/21/09 9:56:53 AM At Home with Mom and Dad 31 Every November was hog-killing time. All the neigh- bors would come around to help us slaughter the hogs. To kill the hog you hit it in the head with an axe. Then you dipped it in hot water, let it sit for a while, and trimmed all the hair from the hide.

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